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For Arts & Health South West: December 2016
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Director's View November 2016

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in last week’s annual conference. The immediate feedback has been very positive and over two days we were able to celebrate good practice as well as have deep and re-vitalising conversations about the nature of our work.
 
Dr Jo Black, Associate National Lead for Perinatal Mental Health at NHS England, and a consultant psychiatrist in Devon Partnership NHS Trust, spoke about her work with animator, Emma Lazenby, Director of ForMed Films. When CQC criticised the Trust, for not taking into account the views of children in the families of the adults they treat, Jo decided to work with Emma Lazenby to create an animated film with children and families. The film, My Mum’s Got a Dodgy Brain, is very moving and beautifully made and has the voices of the children right at the heart of it. You can watch the film HERE.
 
Voice and the art of listening were golden threads running through the event. The Refound Sound installation in the Abbey, a new piece of choral music by Marc Yeats created from a residency in Dorchester and Yeovil Hospitals, took us into an evocative space where we could sense the multi-layered voices of people with dementia and their carers. Anna Ledgard presented Making the Invisible Visible by artists Sofie Layton and Jules Maxwell in which the voices of young people with congenital heart disease, parents, and staff in the cardiovascular team explore the complexities of the heart.
 
Jules Ford, who works for the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Professor Diane Crone gave a presentation on the co-production methodology used to develop the projects within their Cultural Commissioning Programme. A panel discussion with patients, clinicians, the artist and Jules, was a revelation of the power of co-production. The three men with chronic pain, who might normally find it hard to get out of the house let alone drive from Gloucestershire to Totnes, spoke movingly about how the arts project has changed their lives.
 
We will revert to a one day annual conference in 2017 because much of our energy for the next seven months will be focussed on the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference in June. We were delighted, if a little daunted, to receive over 300 abstract submissions. In 2013, we accommodated, one way or another, about 150 abstracts. We will be letting everyone know whether their abstract has been accepted by early February. The next deadline coming up is for applications to volunteer at the conference. You can find out more HERE
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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Gallery and studio spaces planned in West Somerset regeneration

Multi-million pound plans to regenerate Watchet’s East Quay have been unveiled by the Onion Collective, which include studio spaces, a gallery, a café or restaurant and the “iconic” Look Out Tower.
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Gallery and studio spaces planned in West Somerset regeneration
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Waving Goodbye to Victorian Dad - evaluation and video

In September 2016 M Shed in Bristol ran an event called ‘Waving goodbye to Victorian dad’ for people working in the museums and performance sectors to discuss how diverse performance can be used in museums. See the results of the event here.
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Waving Goodbye to Victorian Dad - evaluation and video
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Shape Open 2017 - Power: The Politics of Disability

A group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to themes such as: how do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability? To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? 
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Shape Open 2017 - Power: The Politics of Disability
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   Events  
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Beyond Words Conference 2017, Plymouth

Privileging the unspoken in arts and communities in a posthuman world. Last Booking Date for this Event: 7th March 2017
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New Art Therapy Group in Bristol

Art Therapy Group in Bristol aims to provide a safe, supportive and facilitated space to creatively explore issues and find out more about yourself. 10 sessions termly, Booking essential.
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Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

8-week course focusing on writing for personal and professional development, with an introduction to journal writing, life writing, poetry therapy, reflective writing, techniques and resources for personal exploration and for use with clients and groups.
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Dance and Museums: A Third Conversation

Pavilion Dance South West and Sally Lewis are organising a third event for the South West museum and dance sectors, kindly hosted by the Museum of Bath at Work.
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Embedding 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' into Arts Practice - Workshop

A workshop for artists who are interested in using the 5 ways to wellbeing within their practice.
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Poetic Autoethnographies: Exploring the Potential of Collaborative Arts-based Research

A free workshop aimed at poets, academics and community groups interested in exploring ways in which we can work together.
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   Other new articles include:
 

Commissioning Value Social Enterprise Conference

A conference exploring commissioning and local initiatives (including arts and health), with the aim to be inspired and discover how we can better work together ...

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Priorities for art and culture in London

This seminar will assess the future for arts and culture policy in London. 

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Children and Young People's Mental Health: Promoting Integration and Early Intervention

This event will bring together professionals from across the public sector to learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people ...

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   Resources  
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Creativity 4 Wellbeing Website

A free inspirational creative art resource for everyone! This site is packed full of wonderful ideas with journaling for wellbeing. Some activities also combine creative writing and art.
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Creativity 4 Wellbeing Website
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 Case Studies
 

Independent Arts

A small charity based on the Isle of Wigh working predominantly with older people to address the main issues faced by the ageing community.
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Independent Arts
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ForMed Films CIC

ForMed Films CIC creates animated films and resources for medical education. It aims to inspire good health choices and encourage health promotion through informed self help and medical guidance.  
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ForMed Films CIC
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   Opportunities  
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Call for Papers for 'Remembering Beliefs - the shifting worlds of religion and faith in secular society' Conference

The Annual Conference of the Oral History Society in conjunction with Newman University and Leeds Trinity University. 14th & 15th July, 2017 at Leeds Trinity University. Deadline for papers: 16th December 2016
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Call for Papers for 'Remembering Beliefs - the shifting worlds of religion and faith in secular society' Conference
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Jerwood Charitable Foundation Performing Arts Micro Bursaries

The Performing Arts Micro Bursaries support independent artists and producers with awards of between £250 and £1,000.  First deadline: 9 January 2017.
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Jerwood Charitable Foundation Performing Arts Micro Bursaries
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Call for participation: From Inclusion to Partnership Exhibition

This call is for work made collaboratively by artists with disabilities and with artists without disabilities for an international exhibition which brings together works from different disciplines (displayed in digital format). Deadline extended: Friday 23rd December, 17:00.
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Call for participation: From Inclusion to Partnership Exhibition
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   Opportunities  
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 Work
 

Evaluator for the new Artist Coordinator Role and Arts Programme at Witney Community Hospital

West Oxfordshire District Council requires the services of an experienced evaluator to evaluate the benefits and impact of the new role of Artist Coordinator at Witney Community Hospital in West Oxfordshire. Deadline: Noon on 5th January 2017.
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Evaluator for the new Artist Coordinator Role and Arts Programme at Witney Community Hospital
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Unlimited Assistant Producer 2017, 2.5 days a week

Artsadmin is recruiting an Assistant Producer to join the Unlimited team. Deadline: 12pm, Monday 5 December 2016.
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Unlimited Assistant Producer 2017, 2.5 days a week
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Unlimited Traineeship 2017, full time

Artsadmin is recruiting a trainee to join the Unlimited team. The programme offers a long-term learning opportunity through direct involvement in Unlimited; assisting in coordinating artists’ projects, work with venues and advisory support for disabled artists. Deadline: 12pm Monday 5th Dec.
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Unlimited Traineeship 2017, full time
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   Opportunities  
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 Training and CPD
 

Local Charities Day Webinars 16th December

On 16th December (Local Charities Day), the FSI will be running 20 webinars throughout the day on a variety of topics. Each webinar will last for 20 minutes.
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Local Charities Day Webinars 16th December
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Local Charities Day Training - Bristol

3 workshops offered by the Foundation for Social Improvement, covering a range of fundraising topics - 7th December 2016 in St Pauls, Bristol.
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Local Charities Day Training - Bristol
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 and Finally...

 
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Things to stay tuned for

This month's newsletter is a little late going out (it's now December, we realise!) because late November was jam-packed with our Annual Conference.
 
On that subject - over the next few months I will be releasing audio recordings of some of our keynotes from the 2-day conference, as AHSW Podcasts, for any of you who were unable to make it, or who would like to listen again. Subscribe to our Podcast in iTunes by clicking HERE to get them to your computer, phone or ipad as soon as they are released, or listen via our website here: Podcast Page
 
I will also be typing up the immensely rich and valuable group discussion and World Café sheets from Day 2 of the conference, which are full of ideas and thoughts that we don't want to lose sight of, and I will put these in the Resources section of the website when they are ready.
 
 
Warm wishes (we need them in this cold weather!)
 
Hannah
 
 

 

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